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A Q&A on contested anti-piracy bills
January 18, 2012
Online piracy costs U.S. copyright owners and producers billions of dollars every year, but legislation in Congress to block foreign Internet thieves and swindlers has met strong resistance from high-tech companies, spotlighted by Wikipedia’s protest blackout on Wednesday, warning of a threat to Internet freedom.
KU hires new director for technology center
January 18, 2012
Kansas University has hired Rajiv Kulkarni of the University of Utah as its new director of the Center for Technology Commercialization, which serves the Lawrence and KU Medical Center campuses.
County approves district boundary changes
January 18, 2012
A shift in population means a shift in boundaries for Douglas County commissioners.
Donations pour in for family who lost home
January 18, 2012
This time of year routinely can be slow for Eric Marx and his lawn and landscaping company. Then he saw last weekend that Douglas County United Way and AmeriCorps members needed help collecting donated furniture for a Douglas County family of 11 that lost their home west of Lawrence in a Dec. 30 fire.
KU women notch third Big 12 road win in 65-60 victory over Oklahoma State
09:40 p.m., January 18, 2012 Updated 12:26 a.m.
Aishah Sutherland scored 15 points to go with 22 rebounds, leading the Kansas women’s basketball team to a 65-60 victory over Oklahoma State on Wednesday night in Stillwater, Okla.
Data show this November to January is 16th warmest in Lawrence since 1909
Unseasonable temperatures in area have economic, agricultural effects
January 18, 2012
The past couple of days in Lawrence notwithstanding, it sure seems like it’s been a pretty warm winter so far.
Ministers to deliver petitions calling on Kansas Speaker O’Neal to step down
January 18, 2012
Two pastors will deliver more than 30,000 petition signatures calling for the resignation of House Speaker Mike O’Neal for an email he forwarded that referred to President Barack Obama and a Bible verse that states, “Let his days be few and brief.”
Obama rejects Canada-Texas oil pipeline - for now
January 18, 2012
Raising the stakes on a bitter election-year fight with Republicans, President Barack Obama on Wednesday rejected a Canadian company’s plan to build a U.S.-spanning, 1,700-mile pipeline to carry oil across six U.S. states to Texas refineries.
Brownback administration seeks to contain political fallout on taxes
January 18, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration worked Wednesday to contain the potential political damage from the release of internal figures showing that his sweeping plan to overhaul individual income taxes would increase the collective tax burden for the state’s poorest households.
Senate panel floats Kansas congressional map
January 18, 2012
The chairman of the Kansas Senate’s redistricting committee proposes redrawing the state’s four U.S. House districts by moving Manhattan and Fort Riley into the 1st District.
Visitor to KU campus to discuss intercollegiate athletics, higher education
January 18, 2012
Amy Perko, the executive director of the Knight Commission, will be in Lawrence next week for a dialogue on intercollegiate athletics and higher education.
KU incubator space fills up with addition of pharmaceutial company
January 18, 2012
Ligand Pharmaceuticals, a drug-discovery company, will move into the Bioscience and Technology Business Center at Kansas University, and bring the incubator space on KU’s West Campus to 100 percent occupancy.
Bleeding Kansas is focus of annual lecture series in Lecompton
January 18, 2012
Lecompton’s Constitution Hall State Historic Site will begin its annual “Bleeding Kansas” lecture series at 2 p.m. Jan. 29 with a special Kansas Day presentation on the Underground Railroad in Kansas at the site, 319 Elmore St.
Annual Eagle Day planned for Jan. 21 at Free State High School
January 18, 2012
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Clinton Lake and the Jayhawk Audubon Society are hosting a celebration of bald eagles in the area from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Free State High School, 4700 Overland Drive.
Brownback’s tax reform adviser named in lawsuit that alleges Ponzi scheme
January 18, 2012
Laffer is chairman of Laffer Associates of Nashville, Tenn., and was an economic adviser to former President Ronald Reagan.
State officials trying to hook senior citizens for fishing, hunting licenses
January 18, 2012
Charging older Kansans the $18 fee for a fishing license and $18 fee for a hunting license will help the parks agency maintain its finances, Jennison said.
Google’s KCK plan for warp-speed internet hits snag
10:38 a.m., January 18, 2012 Updated 02:46 p.m.
Differences over where and how to hang its wires on utility poles have affected Google’s plans to launch its super-speed Internet project in Kansas City, Kan.
Proposed bill would allow Kansans to donate to arts when paying taxes
10:37 a.m., January 18, 2012 Updated 11:18 a.m.
A proposed House bill would give Kansans a chance to support the arts while paying their taxes.
Kansas Historical Society surveying water towers
January 18, 2012
The Kansas Historical Society is looking for unusual water towers that might be considered important to history.
Kobach representing self in federal court about how state treats small political parties
10:28 a.m., January 18, 2012 Updated 02:50 p.m.
Secretary of State Kris Kobach is both the defendant and his own attorney in a lawsuit now before a federal appeals court over how Kansas deals with small political parties.
Kansas woman’s 2003 death reclassified as homicide
January 18, 2012
A suspect is in custody in the 2003 death of a Kansas woman whose case was originally considered an accident.
3 hearing-impaired pedestrians hit in Olathe
January 18, 2012
Three elderly, hearing-impaired pedestrians were injured when they were hit by a car in Olathe.
Kan. Senate redistricting panel floats new congressional map
10:21 a.m., January 18, 2012 Updated 12:04 a.m.
The chairman of the Kansas Senate’s redistricting committee proposed redrawing the state’s four U.S. House districts Wednesday by moving Manhattan and Fort Riley into the 1st District.
Jury convicts Colby man of selling mortgaged cattle
January 18, 2012
A northwestern Kansas man has been convicted of selling cattle that were mortgaged to the Agriculture Department’s Farm Service Agency and keeping the money.
Town Talk: Tapas opens Mexican restaurant on Mass. Street; is permit parking on the way for Oread neighborhood?; talk of expanding rental licensing program continues; Landmark to buy Wellsville Bank
January 18, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Bill aimed at online piracy panned by Internet companies, Kansas Congressional delegation
09:56 a.m., January 18, 2012 Updated 02:56 p.m.
Kansas University graduate Maggie Koerth’s employer, BoingBoing, was one of numerous prominent websites — including Wikipedia and Reddit — that “blacked out” their sites Wednesday in protest of controversial legislation being considered by Congress.
Statehouse Live: House Republican leaders say Brownback’s tax, budget proposals will be studied with others
January 18, 2012
The comments by House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, and House Majority Leader Arlen Siegfried, R-Olathe, were made in a prepared statement as details of Brownback’s tax and budget proposals became more widely known and attracted more criticism.
Veterans panel hears mental health issues
January 18, 2012
Funding cuts are making it difficult to meet the increasing needs of veterans with mental health issues, mental health providers and agencies for veterans in Kansas told lawmakers on Tuesday. Advocates told the House Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committee that an increase in such needs is leading more veterans to commit suicide.
City commissioners defer action on parking issue for boarding houses
January 18, 2012
After nearly two hours of discussion, city commissioners on Tuesday deferred taking action on a request that would have changed the rules for boarding houses in the Oread neighborhood.
$25,000 from city to help Heartland Community Health Clinic improve billing process
January 18, 2012
Lawrence-based Heartland Community Health Clinic will receive a one-time payment of $25,000 from the Lawrence City Commission to help the nonprofit company better bill insurance companies for services provided at the clinic.
Study looks at how Kansas court system operates
January 18, 2012
The conversations Kansas Supreme Court justices are having with each other this month likely are different from the legal issues they are accustomed to deciding.
Public input sought on trash, recycling report
Meeting scheduled for Thursday at City Hall
January 18, 2012
Thursday will be trash day for everybody in Lawrence. City leaders are hosting a public input session at 6 p.m. Thursday at City Hall to hear comments about a draft report that makes multiple recommendations about how to change the city’s trash and recycling systems.
Some pigs: City allows potbellied swines as pets
January 18, 2012
Lawrence city commissioners — even the one who owns a barbecue restaurant — couldn’t resist granting mercy on this pig.
Heard on the Hill: Researchers find opposites don’t attract at KU; strategic initiatives report includes recommendations on wooing senior faculty to KU
January 18, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
25 years ago: Bad weather, new tax forms causing headaches
January 18, 2012
A heavy snowstorm continued to cause accidents across the region.
40 years ago: No-fault car insurance faces fight in Kansas legislature
January 18, 2012
Some new plans for changing automobile insurance laws were introduced in the Kansas House today.
100 years ago: Wolf hunt organized for area east of Lawrence
January 18, 2012
“Everybody is invited to assist in the wolf slaughter.”
FSHS swim team wins BVSW meet
January 18, 2012 in print edition on B4
Connor Munk took two individual titles, and Free State High’s boys swim squad won a triangular meet Tuesday at Blue Valley Southwest.
Hair and there, Withey changes game for KU
January 18, 2012 in print edition on B3
Jeff Withey was quick to accept a fashion tip from his boss last weekend.
LHS bowlers medal at Seaman quad
January 18, 2012 in print edition on B4
The Lawrence High boys varsity bowling team placed second and the varsity girls took third at the Seaman quad on Tuesday at Seaman High School.
Veritas boys win sixth straight game
January 18, 2012 in print edition on B4
Andrew Currier score 17 points, Elijah Penny added 14, and Veritas Christian stretched its boys basketball winning streak to six Tuesday night with a 49-40 victory over Northland Christian.
FSHS sizzles in record-breaking 77-40 win
January 18, 2012 in print edition on B4
At first, Free State girls basketball assistant coach Lauren Kimball didn’t say anything to her players after the game.
KU track and field athlete honored by Big 12
January 18, 2012 in print edition on B4
The Big 12 Conference named Kansas University junior Andrea Geubelle its Female Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week on Tuesday for her performances on Friday.
KU’s Henrickson on Big 12 play: Nail-biters might be the norm
January 18, 2012 in print edition on B1
Check out the way conference play has started for the Kansas University women’s basketball team, and you easily will see why KU coach Bonnie Henrickson is thinking about petitioning the league to change its name.
Three transfers, one goal: Win at KU
January 18, 2012 in print edition on B1
One by one, they walked into Mrkonic Auditorium looking the part of proud, polished, prepared college football players.
Breakthrough: LHS girls grab needed win in 56-21 blowout
January 18, 2012 in print edition on B1
It had been a long six weeks since Lawrence High’s girls basketball team left the locker room after a game with smiles on their faces, indulging in the pleasant aftermath of a victory.
Jayhawks in the NBA
January 18, 2012 in print edition on B2
A look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012.
CSI’ star prepares for departure
January 18, 2012
Twelve years on television is an eternity. Marg Helgenberger will leave “CSI” (9 p.m., CBS) after two more episodes, beginning tonight. Her character, Catherine Willows, has been part of the forensics series since it debuted in 2000, outlasting male leads William Petersen and Laurence Fishburne.
Horoscope for Jan. 18
January 18, 2012
­For Wednesday, Jan. 18: This year you juggle personal issues and friendships proficiently. Internally, you might be on the verge of a transformation in your life. If you are single, the person you choose today might not be suitable in a year. If you are attached, be patient with your sweetie, as he or she is adapting to your adjustments. SAGITTARIUS makes an excellent healer.
District balance
If Kansas legislators can aim for exact population balance in the state’s four congressional districts, they can do the same for state legislative districts.
January 18, 2012
Kansas legislators should try harder to equalize the number of residents living in each Kansas House and Senate district.
Military hotline could head off conflict
January 18, 2012
Last week, the Obama administration warned Iran that it would cross a “red line” if it closed the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow opening at the mouth of the Persian Gulf through which a fifth of the world’s daily oil trade flows.
Owl observation
January 18, 2012
The widespread interest in the snowy owls visiting Kansas this winter is wonderful. However, reports from Clinton Lake make it clear that some uninformed observers are endangering these beautiful, exotic owls by approaching the owls much too closely to watch them and take pictures. Admittedly a thrilling personal experience, but what is the effect on the bird?
Real obscenity
January 18, 2012
The latest controversy in Afghanistan involves a video of four Marines urinating on the dead bodies of three Taliban terrorists, recently killed by these same Marine snipers. These Marines have been instantly condemned and vilified in our government’s frantic efforts to be “politically correct,” so as not to offend the Muslim world, especially the Taliban! Really?
Plan ahead
January 18, 2012
The Jan. 12 Journal-World editorial noted than a South Lawrence Trafficway interchange at Bob Billings Parkway “probably is needed” and “would provide an important access point to Kansas University,” all of which may be true, but the interchange is the cart before the horse. I urge (and have been urging for 25 or so years) the city traffic planners and the university planners, when they are making grandiose plans for the west end of Bob Billings Parkway, to look also at its east end, where Bob Billings Parkway reverts to plain old two-lane 15th Street.
KU’s biggest gains tough to judge
January 18, 2012 in print edition on B1
A thought camped in my mind and I decided to write it down before it died of loneliness: More than just the Kansas University basketball players have improved this season. The Allen Fieldhouse crowd has gotten even better too. Louder. Prouder.